Bill Cosby Commends Eddie Murphy for Refusing to Mock Him on 'SNL 40'


Bill Cosby Commends Eddie Murphy for Refusing to Mock Him on 'SNL 40'


The disgraced comedian says, 'I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions,' after Norm Macdonald revealed that Murphy refused to play Cosby in a 'Jeopardy!' parody.
Bill Cosby has reacted to revelation that Eddie Murphy turned down a suggestion that he portrayed the disgraced comedian in a sketch on "Saturday Night Live" 40th anniversary special. Cosby thanks Murphy for refusing to poke fun at him, saying through a spokesperson, "I am very of Eddie and I applaud his actions."

Former cast member Norm Macdonald was the one who revealed that Murphy was about to be included in a "Celebrity Jeopardy" skit where he was supposed to play Cosby in a Daily Double video about "Favorite Cocktails". Macdonald said he and co-writers Steve Higgins and Lori Jo Hoekstra tried hard to convince Murpy to play the 77-year-old comedian, but in the end Murphy decided not to do it.

Macdonald explained in a series of Twitter posts, "Eddie decides the laughs are not worth it. He will not kick a man when he is down. Eddie Murphy, I realize, is not like the rest of us. Eddie does not need the laughs." He also praised the "Beverly Hills Cop" actor, "Eddie Murphy is the coolest, a rockstar even in a room with actual rockstars."

Kenan Thompson eventually played Cosby in the sketch, while Murphy appeared on the star-studded special to deliver a monologue that some dubbed "awkward." His rep refused to comment on the story shared by Macdonald and only said, "Eddie was invited to attend the show, and he attended."


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